If you are a woman thinking about starting your own business, you’ll need a sound plan, a little creativity, personal dedication, and probably some form of financial investment. Before you make the commitment to starting your own business, you’ll need to determine whether it’s the right move for you.
What would you do with an extra $10,000? Maybe you’d pay off some debt, get rid of some college loans, or take a much-needed vacation. What if you suddenly had an extra million or 10 million or more? Now that you’ve come into a windfall, you have some issues to deal with. You’ll need to evaluate your new financial position and consider how your sudden wealth will affect your financial goals.
Do you picture yourself owning a new home, starting a business, or retiring comfortably? These are a few of the financial goals that may be important to you, and each comes with a price tag attached. That’s where financial planning comes in. Financial planning is a process that can help you target your goals by evaluating your whole financial picture, then outlining strategies that are tailored to your individual needs and available resources.
By definition, estate planning is a process designed to help you manage and preserve your assets while you are alive, and to conserve and control their distribution after your death according to your goals and objectives. But what estate planning means to you specifically depends on who you are. Your age, health, wealth, lifestyle, life stage, goals, and many other factors determine your particular estate planning needs. For example, you may have a small estate and may be concerned only that certain people receive particular things. A simple will is probably all you’ll need. Or, you may have a large estate, and minimizing any potential estate tax impact is your foremost goal.
A millennial is defined as a person reaching adulthood in the 21st century (currently those between ages 22-37). This group makes up 25% of the overall population, now equal in size to the baby boomers. While this group is one of the most tech savvy, well-educated and diverse generations, they often get a bad reputation, especially when it comes to finances. So where do all the misconceptions stem from?
Our goal is to help guide clients in making evidence-based financial decisions to support themselves, their family and their charitable / legacy intents. Whenever markets trade irrationally, the question becomes, “Is this normal, a new normal, or the start of something that could be either good or bad?” While history is no guarantee of the future, it can provide good context for a discussion on what is considered “normal”. Mission Wealth has been providing financial advice for over two decades. During that time, we have identified a handful of investment “requirements” that have helped our clients retire – and stay retired.
You’ve worked hard over the years to accumulate wealth, and you probably find it comforting to know that after your death the assets you leave behind will continue to be a source of support for your family, friends, and the causes that are important to you. But to ensure that your legacy reaches your heirs as you intend, you must make the proper arrangements now. There are four basic ways to leave a legacy: (1) by will, (2) by trust, (3) by beneficiary designation, and (4) by joint ownership arrangements.
Although the the recent Tax Cuts and Jobs Act bill of 2017 certainly offers its fair share of complexity, it also presents a tremendous opportunity that many high-net-worth households don’t fully understand. This opportunity surrounds an individual’s (or couple’s) ability to transfer significant portions of wealth tax-free today vs. at death.
With age comes responsibility, so if you’re a young adult in your 20s or 30s, chances are you’ve been introduced to the realities of adulthood. While you’re excited by all the opportunities life has to offer, you’re also aware of your emerging financial responsibility. In the financial realm, the millennial generation (young adults born between 1981 and 1997) faces a unique set of challenges, including a competitive job market and significant student loan debt that can make it difficult to obtain financial stability.
Legacy planning is often the last piece folks tackle in their financial planning, because it’s the least appealing to think about. But if you put off your legacy planning too long, you run a real risk of leaving behind nothing but headaches for your loved ones.